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Small Shoes And Painted Faces: Possession States And Embodiment In Buddhist Ladakh

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The study of possession has been a relatively constant discussion in the ethnography of the Western Himalayas over the last twenty years, particularly in the study of Buddhist communities in Ladakh, Zangskar and Spiti. Possession by bamo is usually seen as the manifest embodiment of jealous desire by other villagers that ?travels? from the sleeping form of a witch (L. gongmo) in search of the object of their ire. In examining spirit possession both within Himalayan and other regions, academic analyses have often diverged on the central question of the fundamental ontological status of possession events. Ladakh is home to several oracular traditions associated with Buddhist protector deities. The shadow or back of the possessed individual can then be beaten until the possessing bamo divulges the identity of the gongmo.

Keywords: bamo; Buddhist communities; Ladakh; possession events; Western Himalayas



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